Picked on feeling starting

Quad bike

Kiwi farmers uneasy about a $40,000 fine handed out to a farming couple for not wearing helmets.

Beefing up burger image

McDonald's burger.

McDonald's is on a mission to show how sustainable the NZ beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Quad bike sales horrify

NICK BAKER: Horrified online retailers are selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

Top doctor "filled with horror" at online stores selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

Poachers fined $1100

Convicted poacher Frederick Lansdell, of Pukerau, leaves Gore District Court yesterday.

Southland farmer forced to stop pursuit of poachers after being temporarily blinded by spotlight.

$88m Lochinver deal

MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR DEA: Shanghai Pengxin is set to pay $88m for Lochinver farm, near Taupo.

Aspiring Lochinver Station buyer does now not expect to hear if the Government will consent to the $88m deal until February.

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opinion

Heavy-handed approach

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: A "cock up" in the prosecution of South Waikato farmer Bas Nelis paints the Waikato Regional Council in a terrible light.

Last chance for tarnished silver

OPINION: Silver Fern Farms' deal with Goldman Sachs is marred by its weak position, but the co-op has got to do something.

Still money in small farms

Farm cadet scheme needed

dairy

Robots not the answer

STEP RIGHT UP: Cows calmly wait their turn in the queue to be milked by the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.

Robotic milkers will not solve the dairy industry's labour problems, a retiring academic says.

Factory's flow-on effect

Waikato saw four major dairy factory builds or upgrades in 2014, and the flow-on effects are still coming,

New Zealand Flag.

Dairy bounce-back tipped video

Dairy pricesslide to 5-year low but could rebound quickly due to a drop in production.

beef

Macca's beefing up burger image

McDonald's burger.

McDonald's is on a mission to show its customers how sustainable the NZ beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Living and loving life

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth inspired more than 200 Taranaki sheep farmers at Beef+ Lamb NZ’s inaugural Big Dine In in Stratford.

Prestige farming passion

Enthusiastic Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth are putting the beef and sheep industry in the spotlight.

Sheep

Aussie lamb at $10 a kilogram

LAMB ROAST: "We wanted to give our customers the option to have lamb for their Christmas BBQs and dinners," says Kate Porter from Countdown on their decision to bring in 'well-priced' Australian lamb.

Australian legs of lamb have winged their way across the Tasman in time for Kiwis’ Christmas roasts.

Wool bales stolen from farms

A human ''wolf'' has targeted sheep’s clothing, with 35 wool bales missing from two Akaroa farms.

ROUND UP: Penni Loffhagen caught the suffolk-breeding bug from her parents.

Black faces reign supreme

Champion sheep breeder Penni Loffhagen likes what she looks at.

cropping

Mood Indigo to lift crops

A fresh crop of garlic

CropLogic buys monitoring company to better help farmers predict and maximise crop yields.

Food bargains abound

Tomatoes are at their lowest prices for 12 years, while prices also fell for many other items.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Ariana Holland, 16, top right and her sisters Maddi, 14 and Kyla, 11 at their parents business Tasman Bay Berries.

A berry Christmas hoped for

Berry growers are hopeful for a good season, and say all going well there should be plenty of berries available for Christmas dinners.

agribusiness

Picked on feeling starting

Quad bike

Kiwi farmers are uneasy about a $40,000 fine handed out to a farming couple for not wearing helmets while riding quad bikes.

$88m Lochinver deal

Aspiring Lochinver Station buyer Shanghai Pengxin does now not expect to hear if the Government will consent to the $88 million deal until February at the earliest.

NICK BAKER: Horrified online retailers are selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

Quad bike sales horrify

Top doctor "filled with horror" at online stores selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

Discovery

Rummaging in rumens

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

Zeroing in on low-N plants

Could plants be used to reduce nitrification rates in soils and hence reduce nitrate leaching and emissions of nitrous oxide?

Methane producers: Livestock are a major source of greenhouse gases.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

rural women

Links with women strengthened

Alliance director Dawn Sangster at the Lorneville meat plant in Invercargill.

Alliance meat processor sees women as key on-farm decision-makers and wants to improve their understanding of the co-operative.

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

CHALLENGED: Agri-Women’s Development Trust escalator programme graduate Andrea Murray, of New Plymouth.

Helping with leadership

A desire to help other women reach their potential motivates a vet to join a programme to develop her leadership skills.

Video

Auckland property market gains expected

Property investors say low interest rates and demand from foreign investors and migrants will keep the market strong.

advice

Help on offer for depressed farmers

OFFER HELP: Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant broke through depression by taking on a hobby.

Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope.

5 ways to avoid a bad fencing job

There’s one really easy way to know if a fence is well built: a good fence is one you don’t notice.

Breeding your own chicks can be a hands-on job, or the right mother hen will take care of things for you.

20+ tips for hatching chicks

There are pros and cons to having broody hens do the work of incubation for you, even though their aim in life is to hatch out chicks.

aquaculture

Voyage from frozen to fresh

MISSION: Sanford’s chief executive, Volker Kuntzsch, wants to add traceability to the fresh fish market.

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

Baby snapper 'not good look'

They're legal but should baby snapper be the fare of international fish markets?

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

Asia 'can't get enough of our mussels'

New Zealand greenshell mussels are proving a hit in emerging Asian economies and fuelling export growth, Aquaculture New Zealand chief executive Gary Hooper says.